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Motorola's G4 Apollo augurs 1GHz Macs

After skipping a generation of upgrades, Motorola outlined its plan to steer the G4 chip back on course at Microprocessor Forum in San Jose yesterday.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2000
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Samsung greases the Alpha skids

Compaq doesn't exactly indulge in willy-waving at the annual Microprocessor Forum. Last year, this scribe hunted high and low for the Alpha team, tracked them down in their hotel room at the Fairmont, and discovered they had one of the showstoppers in their SMT, "SMP on a chip" plans.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2000
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Gerstner dodges questions on IT economy

Big Blue's big cheese Lou Gerstner dodged questions on the state of the IT economy today while trying to promote his company's latest venture.
Linda Harrison, 11 Oct 2000
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AMD grabs high ground with SMP Athlon

AMD unveiled its multiprocessor plans yesterday, and judged solely on its technical merits, the Athlon-based SMPs that result ought to cause some late nights at Santa Clara. And not just of a tactical nature, but strategic. If we weren't so nasty and cynical, we'd be tempted to describe it as a technical tour de force that bears all the hallmarks of people who know how to build high bandwidth parallel systems. But judge for yourselves...
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2000
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ARM heralds two ‘major product innovations’

ARM Holdings, the semiconductor IP firm, today announces "two major product innovations" at the Microprocessor Forum.
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2000
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Dell: ‘When will Europeans embrace technology’

Michael Dell, chief executive of Dell Computer, attributed the failure of European companies to "embrace technology fully" as a factor in the company's Q3 sales shortfall, the FT reports.
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2000
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Boxman goes titsup.com

Boxman.com, the online CD retailer, is close to liquidation after failing to find more funding, according to the FT.
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2000
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Lastminute beefs up board

Lastminute.com has appointed Allan Leighton as non-executive chairman of the company, replacing Pieter Bouw, who has been chairman since November 1998. Bouw will remain as a non-executive director of the board. Leighton is a non-executive director of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc, Wilson Connolly Holdings PLC, Leeds Sporting plc and, until recently, was President and Chief Executive Officer of Wal-Mart Europe.
Team Register, 11 Oct 2000
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Palm speeds into in-car device market

Palm will today follow Microsoft into the in-car information systems biz, with the announcement of a deal with Delphi Automotive Systems to develop a PalmOS-based car dashboard device.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2000
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Chipzilla and Transmeta in power squabble

Without naming any names, Intel has countered claims from Transmeta that Intel's processors ran hotter and consumed more power than Transmeta's own Intel compatible products.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Oct 2000
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Hypnotizer in brain washing scare

Hypnotizer is trying to brain wash innocent Net users by employing its streaming video software to send out subliminal messages.
Tim Richardson, 11 Oct 2000
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ATI revamps Radeon roadmap

ATI has quietly updated its roadmap charting the evolution of its Radeon - no other 3D chip washes pixels whiter - graphics accelerator part.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2000
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Anarchist hacker voted onto ICANN board

The controversial elections for five ICANN board directors have ended and the results are in. The five represent different continents and were decided by the public, who logged onto ICANN's site and made their selection. The results are:
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Oct 2000
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Motorola makes $598m Q3 profit

Motorola's Q3 earnings climbed 66 per cent on the back of sales of advanced mobile phones, chips and digital TV set top boxes.
Robert Blincoe, 11 Oct 2000
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QuickTime 5 brings MacOS X feel to Windows

Apple yesterday announced the latest version of its QuickTime multimedia authoring and playback technology, and released a public beta of the software.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2000
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Seagate hit by component famine

Seagate, the world's biggest HDD drive company, today said it would be unable to meet all customer demand because of a components shortage. It expects this to continue for at last well into the start of 2001.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Oct 2000
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Porn biz sets sights on PlayStation 2, XXX-box

The porn industry is said to be the hidden hand behind the success of the VHS home video format over the superior Betamax - and it could do the same for Sony's PlayStation 2.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2000
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EC blesses AOL Time-Warner wedding

The European Commission has given the go-ahead to AOL and Time-Warner to proceed with their $135 billion merger, as expected.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2000
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BT to offer free local calls

Exclusive BT is to offer off peak unmetered local calls from December bringing the UK more in line with the US system of telecoms charging.
Tim Richardson, 11 Oct 2000
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HWRoundup Is the 1.1GHz Athlon all it is cracked up to be?

If you have oodles of cash burning a hole in your pocket and youy fancy owning the fastest processor on the market at the moment, are you going to get your money's worth? Chick's has reviewed the 1.1GHz TBird. Prepare yourself for a barrage of benchmarking. Read all about it.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Oct 2000
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Myveggie
patch.com – grow your own online

A new site called myveggiepatch.com is selling all the benefits of having a decent vegetable garden, that is vegetables, without all the work - weeding and so on.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Oct 2000
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Hacktivist edits on-line newspaper

A hacktivist going by the alias 'Exiled Dave' broke into on-line newspaper the Orange County Register last week and edited several stories, one of which said that Microsoft founder Bill Gates had been arrested for hacking into "hundreds, maybe thousands" of systems, according to an article by Adam Pennenberg for Inside.com. The altered OC Register article had originally detailed the arrest of suspected cracker Jason Diekman of Mission Viejo, California.
Thomas C Greene, 11 Oct 2000

Oftel launches LLU board game

Oftel could be about to corner the Christmas market with the release of a new family bored (it's deliberate, OK) game.
Tim Richardson, 11 Oct 2000
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RIAA readies for legitimate Net music sales

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) - most famous for bringing court cases against MP3-based companies like Napster and Diamond Multimedia - has "reached agreement" with National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) on how to allow licensing of music over the Internet.
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Oct 2000
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Carrera seeks protection from creditors

Updated Carrera Technology, the UK system builder, is applying to the High Court for an administration order. The application will be heard on Friday 13 October, today's CRN reports.
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2000
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The UN says technology makes us sad

Technology can kill you. Oh yes it can. Really.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Oct 2000
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Oftel's all fingers and thumbs

In a thinly veiled attempt to show how influential it's been at driving down Net access costs in Britain, Oftel now claims that seven million UK homes (28 per cent) are now connected to the Internet, with almost one million homes going on line in the three months to August.
Tim Richardson, 11 Oct 2000
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MS moves slowly to patch latest IE5.5 hole

Microsoft says that it is just "days" away from a patch for the latest hole in Internet Explorer 5.5 exposed by Bulgarian security man, George Guninski.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Oct 2000
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SubSeven variant rears its ugly head

Eight hundred PCs have been found to be infected with a variant of the SubSeven backdoor, SubSeven DEFCON 8 2.1.
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Oct 2000
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China tech wriggling may snag PNTR

The triumph of hope over experience was again enacted in Washington Tuesday evening, as US President Bill Clinton signed a bill granting permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to China during a ceremony on the White House South Lawn.
Thomas C Greene, 11 Oct 2000
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Antitrust trial goes into slow lane as Court sides largely with MS

The Court of Appeals has bent a little towards the DoJ in setting the schedule for Microsoft's antitrust appeal, but so little that we can deem it another victory for Microsoft. Spokesman Jim Cullinan, who's spent much of the trial so far denouncing and complaining, was even moved to describe the court's move as "fair and reasonable."
John Lettice, 11 Oct 2000
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MS appeals schedule set

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has announced a schedule roughly halfway between the lengthy one favoured by Microsoft and the quick and dirty operation which the US Department of Justice (DoJ) preferred. The whole can of worms is going to be in the judges' hands in slightly more than four months' time.
Thomas C Greene, 11 Oct 2000
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Windows-based destroyer to dominate littoral battlespace

While one arm of the US government continues to bear down legally on Microsoft, another - the US Navy - looks more Windows-aholic day by day. Following on the Win2k carrier deal and Microsoft's prominent position in the $9 billion EDS Navy contract, it now emerges that Microsoft will be participating in development of the Navy's next generation Zumwalt class DD21 land attack destroyer.
John Lettice, 11 Oct 2000
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New York VC warns of more public dotcom deaths

Dotcoms should brace themselves for a fresh spate of public company collapses, a major New York venture capitalist warned today.
Linda Harrison, 11 Oct 2000
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VIA to get into cheap PCs with new chips

VIA Technologies is to launch several chips next year aimed at the cheap PC market.
Linda Harrison, 11 Oct 2000
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AMD beats forecasts with $219 million profit

AMD saw net income beat forecasts at $219.3 million for the third quarter.
Linda Harrison, 11 Oct 2000